Lessons Learned From a Cloud Migration

It’s hard to go anywhere today and not be inundated with the cloud. I see billboards on highway 101 between San Jose and San Francisco, there are cloud signs in airports, and it seems every TV show has some kind of cloud commercial embedded in it. This has put tremendous pressure on IT leaders to […]

Seven Habits of Highly Effective WiFi Deployments

There’s no question that a robust, solid WiFi network is something that all businesses require today. For most companies, the wireless network was the second network, and an augmentation to the wired network. However, times have changed and what was once the exception has become the norm in many cases. The most obvious driver of […]

Ripley’s Next Exhibit: The Internet Wide Area Network

If you’ve ever been to a Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, you’ll know it’s filled with things that are true, but hard to believe. For example, the museum has “ginormous” bugs that you can keep as pets, use to fight one another, or even eat! Hard to believe, but true. They also have microscopic […]

Focus on Innovation Needed for CIOs

As everyone knows the “I” in CIO stands for information. Isn’t it time though that this changed and the CIO’s role is to become the Chief Innovation Officer? Historically the mandate for the CIO has been to keep the technology up and running to support the business. Even in today’s IT era where the CIO […]

Cloud Islands & Fantasy Islands: Addressing the Cloud’s Dark Side

Remember the TV show Fantasy Island? The late 70s/early 80s show would start with a character named Tattoo shouting “The plane! The plane!” and pointing to the sky at a plane coming to the Island filled with a bunch of people looking to fulfill a fantasy. The other main character, Mr. Roarke (aka Khan Noonien […]

Your Network Needs Agility — Whatcha Gonna Do?

Remember in the old World Wrestling Federation days when Mean Gene Okerlund would interview all of the wrestlers and each one would have their own tag line? Rick Flair’s was a simple “woo!” while Hacksaw Jim Duggin would scream “oh-ooh!” Hulk Hogan’s might have been the most memorable when he would ask his next opponent, […]

Goodbye Radio Shack — Software Shift Claims Another Victim

Radio Shack recently announced that, after 94 years, it was declaring bankruptcy and selling over 2000 stores to Sprint. The company may sell some other stores and no matter how the restructuring turns out, the Radio Shack moving forward will be significantly different than the one we’ve known. Radio Shack was a giant in its […]

Internet Connections Can Be Used For More Than Best Effort Traffic

The topic of WAN transformation is certainly nothing new, but the shift to mobile and cloud computing is making the evolution of the WAN something businesses must make a priority. Prior to being an analyst I ran some fairly large WANs, and for as long as I can remember there has been talk of trying […]

It’s The Software, Stupid! But Also The Hardware And ASICs

The mania around software is at an all-time high. Everyone is a software vendor and it seems no one wants to be in the hardware business anymore. Software is the new, sexy item and people flock to software solutions like teens flock to Taylor Swift — hardware is so last century. However, I think it’s […]

Why CEOs Should Care About Software-Defined Networks

The momentum around Software-Defined Networks (SDNs) continues to be as strong as ever. It’s hard for me to have a discussion with anyone in technology without the topic of “software-defined” something coming up. However, recently I’ve had a few discussions with non-IT individuals about the value of SDNs and why they should care about them. […]